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Group A USA, Japan, Russia

Group B Canada, China, Sweden

Group C Finland, Kazakhstan, Switzerland

Format:

Preliminary Round: round-robin within each group... teams are then re-grouped with the three first place teams in Group D, the three second place teams in Group E, and the three third place teams in Group F...

Qualifying/Relegation Rounds: round-robin within each group... the winner of Group F remains in the Top Division, the other two teams are relegated to Division I... the winner of Group E plays the third place team of Group D in the bronze medal game... the top two teams in Group D play in the gold medal game...

Schedule/Results and Standings

Group A

Rank Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS GDF GF:GA

1 USA 1 1 0 0 0 3 +8 8 : 0

2 RUS 1 1 0 0 0 3 +2 3 : 1

3 JPN 2 0 0 0 2 0 -10 1 : 11

JPN - USA 0 - 8

RUS - JPN 3 - 1

USA - RUS to be played Monday, (best loser can do is bronze medal)

Group B

Rank Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS GDF GF:GA

1 CAN 1 1 0 0 0 3 +12 13 : 1

2 SWE 1 1 0 0 0 3 +5 6 : 1

3 CHN 2 0 0 0 2 0 -17 2 : 19

CHN - CAN 1 - 13

SWE - CHN 6 - 1

CAN - SWE to be played Monday (best loser can do is bronze medal)

Group C

Rank Team GP W OTW OTL L PTS GDF GF:GA

1 FIN 1 1 0 0 0 3 +7 7 : 0

2 KAZ 2 0 1 0 1 2 -6 2 : 8

3 SUI 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 : 2

KAZ - FIN 0 - 7

SUI - KAZ 1 - 2

FIN - SUI to be played Monday

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Shaping up to be a Canada - U.S.A. final. For a change. :D
don't be counting those chickens just yet... Canada has to beat Sweden Monday to have a shot at the Gold again, but they lost to the Swedes in their last meeting at the Four Nations Cup in November...
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well, it looks like Canada didn't take anything for granted today...

the Monday results:

USA - RUS 8 - 0

CAN - SWE 7 - 0

FIN - SUI 6 - 3

which means USA, Canada and Finland won their groups and will play in the Qualifying Round for positions in the medal games...

Russia, Sweden and Kazakhstan finished second in their groups and will play in the Qualifying Round for the one available position in the Bronze Medal game...

Japan, China and Switzerland finished last in their groups and will play in the Relegation round for the right to remain in the Top division -- the other two being demoted to Division I...

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Thursday's results

KAZ - RUS 2 - 9 Kazakhstan finishes best-ever sixth; winner of Friday's Sweden-Russia game will play for Bronze

SUI - JPN 3 - 2 Switzerland finishes seventh and remains in the Top division; Japan and China will be relegated to Division I

FIN - USA 0 - 7 Finland will play for Bronze on Sunday; USA and Canada will play Friday for top spot in the Group, then meet again on Sunday for Gold

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Friday's results

RUS - SWE 0 - 8 Russians finish fifth; Swedes play Finalnd for Bronze

JPN - CHN 2 - 1 meaningless game, both teams relegated to Division I

USA - CAN 1 - 2 pretty meaningless (well, playing for last change Sunday), Sunday rematch for Gold (TSN noon EDT)

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no games Saturday... Bronze (FIN - SWE, 8am EDT) and Gold (CAN - USA, noon EDT) Medal games go Sunday...

Slovakia won the Women's Division I Championship and will join the next World Women’s Championship in 2011 -- there is no WWChampionship in 2010 because of the Olympics...

http://www.iihf.com/channels0809/ww/news/n...mbers/2068.html

2009 WW by the numbers

The facts and figures behind Sunday's medal games

HAMEENLINNA, Finland - On the eve of the gold medal game of the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Hameenlinna, Finland, it’s time to look back at this year’s championship and examine some of the more interesting numbers that surround the two medal games.

Gold Medal Game Numbers:

12 – Number of gold medal game meetings between Canada and the United States. The two North American nations have never missed the golden game at the World Women’s Championship.

9 – Titles that Canada has won vs. the USA’s two. The Americans are the defending champions after winning in Harbin, China last year.

6 – Number of times the gold medal game has been decided by two goals or less. Canada has a 5-2 record against the U.S. in the close gold medal games. The Americans won their first gold, 1-0, in a shootout in 2005 and last year in regulation, 4-3. The Canadians won in 2004 (2-0), 2001 (3-2), 2000 (3-2 in overtime), 1999 (3-1) and in 1997 (4-3 in overtime).

2.7 – Years older the Canadian team is than the American. The Canadians have an average age of 26.8 and have six players over the age of 30. Meanwhile the U.S. has and average of 24.1 and only one player over 30.

2 – The number of times that the team that won the playoff round game, also went on to win the gold medal in the three seasons that the nine-team format has been in place. In 2008, the U.S. won the playoff round game, 4-2, and then won the golden game, 4-3. In 2007, Canada won both games, 5-4, in the playoff round and 5-1 in the medal game. In 2004, the teams split the wins with the U.S. winning the early game, 3-1, and Canada winning the gold, 2-0.

0 – Number of goals the U.S. had given up at this year’s championship before yesterday’s meeting against Canada. The Americans have 155 shots in three games.

1 – Number of goals that Canada had given up at this year’s championship before yesterday’s meeting against the U.S.. The Canadians have 163 shots in three games.

0 – Number of players on both Canada and USA’s roster that played in the inaugural World Women’s Championship. Only one player at this year’s event was at the first championship in 1990 – Switzerland’s Monika Leunberger.

Bronze Medal Game Numbers:

1 – Number of times that a nation other than Finland or Sweden has won the World Women’s bronze medal. Russia earned the bronze medal in 2001 with a 2-1 win against the Finns.

8 – Number of World Women’s appearances it took Sweden to win its first medal. The Swedes snapped their streak in 2005 when they beat Finland, 5-2.

7 – Number of times that Finland and Sweden have previously met in the bronze medal game. Finland holds a 5-2 advantage when the two teams meet for third place. Sweden missed the bronze medal game in 1994, 1997, 2001 and 2008. Finland has skated for bronze at every World Women’s Championship.

3 – Number of times the bronze medal games between Finland and Sweden have been decided by one goal. Finland won 5-4 in overtime in 1992 and 3-2 in regulation in 2004, while Sweden edged Finland, 1-0 in 2007.

2 – Number of times that the Finns have won the bronze medal on home ice. Finland hosted the World Women’s in 1992 and 1999 and took the bronze both times.

2009 Women’s World Championship Numbers:

2 – Teams that are relegated from this year’s championship. China and Japan were unlucky this year that the tournament will return to eight teams, meaning both Asian nations must go down to Division I.

5,000 – Number of local school children that attended the games in Hameenlinna, each class was ‘assigned’ a team to cheer for and made signs that decorated the team locker rooms and arena for the week.

80 – Accredited journalists at this year’s World Women’s. More than half the games were televised in Canada, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.

8 – Shutouts at this year’s World Women’s Championship. The U.S. and Canada have a combined five shutouts so far.

34,733 – Combined kilometers that the eight teams had to travel to get to Hameenlinna for the World Women’s Championship. Japan had the longest journey, clocking in at 7,843 kilometers.

JENNY WIEDEKE

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Just ain't the same for me without Cassie Campbell.
Cheryl Pounder and Holly Horton made for a very attractive studio host team... :D

to wind this tournament up, if you haven't already heard:

FIN - SWE 4 - 1 Finland takes the Bronze; Sweden finishes fourth

CAN - USA 1 - 4 USA takes the Gold for a second straight tournament, third time in 12 championships; Canada takes the Silver...

The win puts the Americans ahead of Canada in the IIHF Women's World Ranking for the first time since the system was introduced in 2004.

Directorate Awards:

Best Goaltender: Charline Labonte (CAN)

Best Defenseman: Jenni Hiirikoski (FIN)

Best Forward: Hayley Wickenheiser (CAN)

Media All-Stars

Best Goaltender: Jessie Vetter (USA)

Best Defensemen: Carla Mac Leod (CAN); Angela Ruggiero (USA)

Best Forwards: Michelle Karvinen (FIN); Julie Chu (USA); Natalie Darwitz (USA)

MVP: Carla Mac Leod (CAN)

Final Ranking

1 USA

2 CAN

3 FIN

4 SWE

5 RUS

6 KAZ

7 SUI

8 JPN

9 CHN

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Cheryl Pounder and Holly Horton made for a very attractive studio host team... :D

No question, but if we're going to get into the issue of attractive female sports anchors/reporters, you must all bow down to the hotness that is Martine Gaillard. ;):)

to wind this tournament up, if you haven't already heard:

FIN - SWE 4 - 1 Finland takes the Bronze; Sweden finishes fourth

CAN - USA 1 - 4 USA takes the Gold for a second straight tournament, third time in 12 championships; Canada takes the Silver...

The win puts the Americans ahead of Canada in the IIHF Women's World Ranking for the first time since the system was introduced in 2004.

I'm actually pleased with the result, not because I wasn't rooting for the Canadian women, but because women's hockey needs serious competition on the world stage if it's going to survive. It's really not entertaining watching Canada brutalize the other teams. Hopefully Sweden can round into a legit contender in a few years so it's not just a Canada-US showdown every championship.

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No question, but if we're going to get into the issue of attractive female sports anchors/reporters, you must all bow down to the hotness that is Martine Gaillard. ;):)

I'm actually pleased with the result, not because I wasn't rooting for the Canadian women, but because women's hockey needs serious competition on the world stage if it's going to survive. It's really not entertaining watching Canada brutalize the other teams. Hopefully Sweden can round into a legit contender in a few years so it's not just a Canada-US showdown every championship.

I've been a fan of Martine's since the early '90s (so that makes her much older than she appears ;) ) when she was on The Weather Network, her first gig I believe...

well, it's still Canada and the USA clearly far ahead of the second tier teams, it's just the US is dominating now... I think Finland is more likely to be the team to step up... I think the Swedish upset of the USA a few years back was a 'fluke', specifically a 'hot goalie' situation...

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I've been a fan of Martine's since the early '90s (so that makes her much older than she appears ;) ) when she was on The Weather Network, her first gig I believe...

Oh, I'm aware that she's no spring chicken, but it doesn't detract an iota from her overall hotness. In fact, she's acquired that MILF aura in the past few years which is very appealing in its own way...:)

well, it's still Canada and the USA clearly far ahead of the second tier teams, it's just the US is dominating now... I think Finland is more likely to be the team to step up... I think the Swedish upset of the USA a few years back was a 'fluke', specifically a 'hot goalie' situation...

Good point, although I think sometimes an overachieving goalie can spur a country towards putting more money into hockey development. Hopefully that will happen with Sweden. Finland does look good, but we're probably talking about 6-8 years before they'd be even ready to be mentioned in the same breath as Canada and the US.

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